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Everton v QPR: Rangers’ Premier League woes look set to continue

| 20.08.2011

Queens Park Rangers’ difficult start to life in the Premier League looks set to continue this Saturday as they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton.

Match odds

Neil Warnock’s side suffered a rude awakening to Premier League football as they were thumped 4-0 at home to Bolton last weekend.

The Trotters fully exposed the holes in the Rangers backline with more misery lumped on the West Londoners following the early injury suffered by new signing Kieron Dyer.

Despite finishing last season top of the Championship, QPR’s attack on the road fell outside the top ten performers in the league, justifying their odds of 11/2 to cause an upset here.

New signing DJ Campbell is expected to score the goals to keep QPR up, but the former Blackpool man failed to score against Everton in his two appearances against them last season.

Everton were unable to start their season last weekend following the postponement of their opening fixture at Tottenham, meaning David Moyes’ side will be looking to get their season up and running with a comfortable win here, and at 8/15 we’re backing them to do just that.

Despite being linked with Leicester this week Jermaine Beckford is set to stay at Goodison and will be looking to build on his eight Premier League goals in 14 starts last season.

Beckford is likely to be paired with a fit again Luis Saha who during his Everton career has a record of one goal in every two Premier League starts.

With these two paired together, Everton look set to stretch a leaky Rangers defence, so we’re backing the Toffees to start the season with three points.

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Many punters may be expecting an Everton rout, but the Toffees only managed to score more than two goals in a home Premier League fixture on two occasions last season.

From 19 home Premier League outings they only claimed six clean sheets, making an 2-1 Everton win at 7/1 look like a decent bet.

Tim Cahill notched nine Premier League goals last season and we’re backing him to start this season in fine form with the opener here at 9/2.



John Klee